What are the different styles of yoga?
There are many styles of yoga around these days. Fast-flowing, athletic styles of yoga such as vinyasa or ashtanga are great for an intense workout of the body, whereas restorative yoga is wonderful for focusing on the mind: letting go of stress and releasing tension. Yin yoga is paced for slowing down the mind but its asanas (postures) are mostly aimed at stretching joints and connective tissue to increase their flexibility.
In hatha yoga we hold asanas longer than fast-flowing modern styles. Some of these are restful, some are challenging, and after each one we take a calming pause. From the restful asanas and calming pauses you gain meditative, relaxing benefits, but the challenging asanas give you a similar feeling to that of a really satisfying workout.